Faithfulness of God
Now, Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made Your name renowned as it is this day, we have sinned, we have acted wickedly. – Daniel 9:15
Daniel served under the regime of various rulers, not only under different kings, but also different kingdoms.
And here we are in the first year of Darius, king of Media. Many times we focus on the stories of the den of lions or the fiery furnace and overlook many profound things, such as the life of the prophet himself. A young man was taken against his will to a different country, where he had to learn a foreign language and learn how to function in such a way that he became the second most important person in the greatest kingdom on earth. With all that, he did not forget the basics. We forget the basic principles. In thinking about the election, I think we can learn something from Daniel.
1. No matter who is in power, God reigns.
Here is Daniel, a man with political power, but he knows that God is the sovereign of the universe, the Great I AM. He knows that earthly thrones are temporary. In America someone governs us for four years (sometimes eight), we get tired, and we choose another guy for another four to eight years – but remember above all that, God reigns. The Lord God Almighty reigns! His sovereignty is beyond borders and kingdoms. Daniel knew that. The center of Daniel's existence was not how faithful Daniel was, but how faithful is the God who reigns.
2. Regardless of the political winds, the man of God remains faithful.
Daniel was a man who had been able to navigate the murky waters of politics in the largest kingdom. He was not scared when he saw headwinds blowing, but came to seek God. We've laid eyes on the political messiahs. We have seen the blue or red as the panacea for the economy or health. My grandfather said that there are men who are like tortillas – they have two faces. He called them Tortilla Flippers. But we as men of God remain faithful to God even when the winds are contrary. We must learn to adjust the sails and remain faithful in the journey that God has given us. It is a matter of following Him. We must not let our patriotism be larger than our zeal for God Almighty. We do not need more red or blue or elephants or donkeys. We need the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
3. Regardless of past or present reality, the man of God takes responsibility.
It is ironic to see how each candidate is dedicated to blaming the other. The Republicans blame the Democrats and vice versa, but no one says, what Daniel said. The words, "We have sinned, we have done wickedly," is not about blaming people. It is a matter of God's men taking responsibility. A politician is someone who has a problem for every solution. We must stop the political circus and beg God for His grace and mercy. We need God more deeply in all of our daily lives.
The faithfulness of God has always been there. He is not deaf nor does he just not hear. But often we let ourselves be blinded by earthly messiahs. We need to seek God while He may be found. The faithfulness of God is beyond doubt; it is our faithfulness to Him that many times has been compromised. God, help us put our hands to the plow and not look back or to the sides. Help us set our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith!